FaceTime leads to dramatic increase in chin implants

FaceTime leads to dramatic increase in chin implants

Have you ever hit your iPhone "FaceTime" button by mistake? You will be startled by an image of yourself that is a far cry from how you look in a mirror. Your FaceTime image can range from unflattering to grotesque. Your eyes will be lowered, your nostrils will be prominent, your jaw will be set, the corners of your mouth downturned and, if you are a certain age, your chin will be pebbly, like the seashore. But these visions are nothing when compared with the horrors of your chin or chins in which your flesh gathers in a vertical wattle and your chin(s) settle into a pool of concentric horizontal circles.

If you're unhappy with this picture, you're not alone. Don't blame it on weight gain, aging or heredity. According to The New York Times, you can blame it on Apple's iOS 7 software system, specifically the FaceTime button. It is now placed closer to the button used to initiate a call, so you can hit it by mistake and be shocked by your own image. Because of the closeness of the phone and the angle at which you hold it, this will not be your best look

If you're a real estate broker like Laurie Lewis, interviewed by the Times, you get so many calls you don't even bother to look who's calling. Result: She fumbles for the phone when she's in the shower or just waking up, hits the wrong button and is faced with a Laurie she doesn't even recognize

It's no surprise that running neck and neck (or chin and chin) with the popularity of the iPhone has been a rising popularity in chin implants.  The New York Times reports that, "According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the number of chin implants increased 71 percent from 2010 to 2011, more than any other cosmetic procedure. This increase immediately followed the introduction of FaceTime in 2010."

A plastic surgeon can insert a chin implant, available in solid silicone rubber, through an incision on the underside of the chin or inside the mouth at the gum/lip junction. But, just for the records, FaceTime has also led to an increase in liposuction and tightening of the neck.

Alternatively, you can end your misery by disabling your FaceTime, which probably takes some skill, or just become a "dinosaur" and revert to using a flip phone.